\ ˈfelt How to pronounce felt (audio) \

Definition of felt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a cloth made of wool and fur often mixed with natural or synthetic fibers through the action of heat, moisture, chemicals, and pressure
b : a firm woven cloth of wool or cotton heavily napped and shrunk
2 : an article made of felt
3 : a material resembling felt: such as
a : a heavy paper of organic or asbestos fibers impregnated with asphalt and used in building construction
b : semirigid pressed fiber insulation used in building


felted; felting; felts

Definition of felt (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make out of or cover with felt
2 : to cause to adhere and mat together
3 : to make into felt or a similar substance


Definition of felt (Entry 3 of 3)

past tense and past participle of feel

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Other Words from felt


feltlike adjective

Examples of felt in a Sentence

Noun She made her son's costume from scraps of felt.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My hope is that folks who previously had their head in the sand about these issues of food insecurity and injustice have a felt the tiniest pinch themselves, and will be committed to partnering with all of us to make that necessary change. Eve Turow-paul, Forbes, "How Soul Fire Farm Is Supporting Black Farmers On The Land And On The Hill," 9 Mar. 2021 And neither was her intense, ruthless play with a cue stick around a table covered in green felt. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "She's the Black Widow of pool. Now Jeanette Lee, 49, is battling stage 4 ovarian cancer," 11 Mar. 2021 The Mohawk, because of its thick felt, is hard to trim without a strong cutting tool. Matt Jancer, Wired, "Gear and Tips to Winter-Proof Your Home and Stay Warm," 3 Jan. 2021 The reactions inspired her to hand make a felt, comfort pet named RileyDawg and later start the online craft business SmileyHugs. oregonlive, "10 ways to calm people and pets during a pandemic: Oregon-made SmileyHugs comfort," 12 May 2020 This was 6 minutes AFTER the quake as felt in Sparks. NBC News, "6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes western Nevada, cracks Vegas-to-Reno highway," 15 May 2020 Discko wasn’t leaving the house, and summoning the effort to do basic things like staying hydrated and eating a full meal felt like a battle. Jordan Mcmahon, Wired, "The App That Wants You to Treat Self Care Like a Garden," 11 Apr. 2020 Anything that came off sounding like words of self-care felt like a foreign thought to him. Christine Werthman, Billboard, "Why Dan Deacon Took Five Years to Release a New Album," 30 Jan. 2020 Kitty Wand Assorted scraps of felt and metallic paper become a captivating cat prop when affixed to a pretty dowel. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "5 Pet Toys You Can Make Yourself," 14 Aug. 2014 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It’s the last of the Wranglers that still felt old-school. Mike Jordan, WSJ, "Driving This 1995 Jeep Wrangler Is ‘Like High-Fiving Somebody’," 1 May 2021 At the same time, I felt supported and validated in my community, where being Asian American was normalized, as the population at that time was approaching one-third Asian. Natasha Chen, CNN, "After a watershed moment of violence, Asian Americans begin to speak out," 1 May 2021 Gone is the girl that once felt like vomiting before races. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, "Crescenta Valley’s Mia Barnett realizes she has nothing to lose," 30 Apr. 2021 However, there’s a character choice that’s so puzzling for fans that Marvel felt the need to explain its decisions in an article following the finale. Chris Smith, BGR, "Marvel just explained the biggest controversy from ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’," 28 Apr. 2021 New York’s State Liquor Authority passed the edict at the height of the pandemic summer, as crowds gathered in city streets and turned parts of the city, briefly, into something that felt more New Orleans than West Village. Elva Ramirez, Forbes, "RIP ‘Cuomo Chips’: New York State To End Rule Requiring Food With Alcohol," 28 Apr. 2021 So much so, that Lawrence felt compelled to explain himself in the aftermath on Twitter. Sean Gregory, Time, "'Judge Me By My Actions.' Trevor Lawrence Discusses the 2021 NFL Draft and Questions About His Work Ethic," 28 Apr. 2021 Fake Accounts suffers from too little of that something else: the narrator’s consciousness is a hermetic one, private about its actual griefs and incurious about those felt by others. Gemma Sieff, Harper's Magazine, "Sapphires of the Instant," 27 Apr. 2021 In a year when most people haven’t been able to go to a movie theater, the producers of the delayed 2021 Oscars promised to deliver an awards show that felt like a movie. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "Oscars 2021 Was Not a Movie. It Was Prestige TV.," 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of felt


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for felt


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German filz felt, Latin pellere to drive, beat

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The first known use of felt was before the 12th century

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5 May 2021

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“Felt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/felt. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of felt

: a soft, heavy cloth made by pressing together fibers of wool, cotton, or other materials


\ ˈfelt How to pronounce felt (audio) \

Kids Definition of felt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a soft heavy cloth made by rolling and pressing fibers together


Kids Definition of felt (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of feel


Medical Definition of felt

past and past part of feel

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